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How The Woodpecker Avoids Brain Injury Despite High-speed Impacts
2014-08-13 03:52:28

Science China Press Designing structures and devices that protect the body from shock and vibrations during high-velocity impacts is a universal challenge. Scientists and engineers focusing on this challenge might make advances by studying the unique morphology of the woodpecker, whose body functions as an excellent anti-shock structure. The woodpecker's brain can withstand repeated collisions and deceleration of 1200 g during rapid pecking. This anti-shock feature relates to the...

cyborg science
2014-08-12 03:00:28

American Chemical Society No longer just fantastical fodder for sci-fi buffs, cyborg technology is bringing us tangible progress toward real-life electronic skin, prosthetics and ultraflexible circuits. Now taking this human-machine concept to an unprecedented level, pioneering scientists are working on the seamless marriage between electronics and brain signaling with the potential to transform our understanding of how the brain works — and how to treat its most devastating diseases....

3d brain tissue
2014-08-12 05:03:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of bioengineers from Tufts University in Massachusetts have developed three-dimensional brain-like cortical tissue that is similar in structure and function to tissues found in the brain of a rat, exhibits biochemical and electrophysiological responses, and can be kept alive in the laboratory for more than eight weeks. In research published in the August 11 early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National...

2014-08-08 11:28:28

Emory University Physicists have identified a mechanism that may help explain Zipf’s law – a unique pattern of behavior found in disparate systems, including complex biological ones. The journal Physical Review Letters is publishing their mathematical models, which demonstrate how Zipf’s law naturally arises when a sufficient number of units react to a hidden variable in a system. “We’ve discovered a method that produces Zipf’s law without fine-tuning and with very few...

2014-08-08 10:55:19

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Researchers in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) have achieved the first conclusive non-invasive measurement of neural signaling in the spinal cords of healthy human volunteers. Their technique, described today in the journal eLife, may aid efforts to help patients recover from spinal cord injuries and other disorders affecting spinal cord function, including multiple sclerosis. "We definitely hope that this work can...

Boosting Insect Aggression By Altering Brain Metabolism
2014-08-08 03:18:14

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Scientists report they can crank up insect aggression simply by interfering with a basic metabolic pathway in the insect brain. Their study, of fruit flies and honey bees, shows a direct, causal link between brain metabolism (how the brain generates the energy it needs to function) and aggression. The team reports its findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The new research follows up on previous work from the...

2014-08-07 23:12:05

Tom Looney, diagnosed with MSA in 2008, worked closely with tech industry icons, including Steve Jobs. His unique experiences and talents will now be utilized to represent patients and increase awareness for this rare and terminal neurological disorder. Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) August 07, 2014 The Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Coalition, an organization dedicated to serving patients, caregivers and families touched by MSA, has announced the appointment of veteran tech industry exec Tom...

2014-08-07 23:07:31

Myleeah Chapman, a sixteen year old girl in California, struggles with the serious neurological disorder, epilepsy. Family and friends are seeking donations to help pay for the medical expenses and equipment Myleeah needs to deal with the frequent and random seizures that now wrack her body on a near daily basis and Myleeah’s greatest wish is for a specially-trained service dog that will enable her to go back to school and finish her senior year of high school with her friends, please...

2014-08-06 23:02:48

Brain Sentry Impact Sensors Help Coaches Identify Players Who Lead with Their Helmet Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) August 06, 2014 Brain Sentry Impact Counter Plus™, an innovative helmet-mounted device that alerts when an athlete suffers a rapid – and potentially dangerous – acceleration of the head, will be distributed by Bolt Athletics, a full service, one-stop shop, specializing in team uniforms and equipment. Located in the bustling I-95 corridor connecting Washington DC and Baltimore,...

eye hand coordination
2014-08-05 03:30:55

Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation Research helps understand how brain systems interact to carry out cognitive processes People not only use their eyes to see, but also to move. It takes less than a fraction of a second to execute the loop that travels from the brain to the eyes, and then to the hands and/or arms. Bijan Pesaran is trying to figure out what occurs in the brain during this process. "Eye-hand coordination is the result of a complex interplay between two systems...


Latest Brain Reference Libraries

Cerebellum
2013-07-29 09:48:00

The cerebellum is a section of the brain that is most in charge of cognitive functions and motor skills. Formation and Orientation The cerebellum can be found at the bottom of the brain behind the pons and below that cerebral cortex under a layer of dura mater. It is considered as a part of the "hindbrain". The cerebellum is anatomically divided into two separate hemispheres, marked by the 'vermis', a small midline zone between the left and right hemispheres. But three lobes can be...

Midbrain
2013-07-25 15:13:23

The midbrain, also known as the mesencephalon is the part of the brain most responsible for vision, motor control, arousal, temperature regulation, alertness and hearing. Formation and Orientation The midbrain is found under the cerebral cortex and above the hindbrain. The mesencephalon is not divided into any other portions of the brain unlike the other two vesicles that stem from the neural tube. There are four separate lobes on the side of the cerebral aqueduct within the...

Brain
2013-03-05 13:54:00

Formation and Orientation The development of the brain is broken down into stages. The basic evolution begins in the third week of the embryonic process where the neural plate is formed. By week four, the neural plate has developed into the neural tube. The anterior part of the tube, the telencephalon, grows rapidly as it prepares to later give way to the brain. As time goes on, cells begin to classify themselves as either neurons or glial cells, thus determining their functions. Glial...

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Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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